far·​rag·​i·​nous fə-ˈra-jə-nəs How to pronounce farraginous (audio)
: consisting of a farrago

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The History of Farraginous

Farraginous is the adjective connected with farrago. In Latin, the stem farragin- and the noun farrago both mean "mixture" and, more specifically, "a mixture of grains for cattle feed." They derive from far, the Latin name for spelt, a type of grain. In the 1600s, English speakers began using farrago as a noun meaning "hodgepodge" and farraginous as an adjective meaning "consisting of a mixture." The creation of the adjective was simply a matter of adding the adjectival suffix -ous to farragin- (although at least one writer had previously experimented with farraginary, employing a different adjectival suffix).

Word History

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of farraginous was in 1615


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“Farraginous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/farraginous. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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